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Good Will Hunting (1997)

 -  Drama  -  9 January 1998 (USA)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

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A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by Dima & Danielle

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Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them. See more »

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Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,400,000 (Non-US) (6 March 1998)

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$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)
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After Mel Gibson dropped out of directing, Michael Mann expressed interest in directing. However, he wanted to make two major changes: He wanted Will and his friends to be car thieves, and he did not want Matt Damon for the lead role since he was still relatively unknown then. The producers, who wanted Damon, suggested the Mann film some screen tests with Damon and Affleck. After Mann filmed the screen tests, he went back to the producers and said he still did not want Damon in the lead, so the producers and Miramax parted ways with Mann since the film was Damon and Affleck's project from the start. See more »

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When Sean and Will are hugging in Sean's office, the first shot shows a diagonal hug and then the second shot immediately after shows a round the waist hug. See more »

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[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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A beautiful, soul-touching experience.
11 January 1999 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

I first saw Good Will Hunting in February of '98. It blew me away. I happily disregard comments by people who say: "The probability of something like that happening..." This film is bold in that giving Will such a mind colors outside of the lines. It simply aims to tell a story. It is a beautiful story told in a magnificent manner. Robin Williams was superb in his role, his effect on Damon electric. Minnie Driver and Matt Damon's on-screen chemistry was undeniable. More films like this one are needed. And yes, the ending was predictable. That made it perfect. I wouldn't have had it any other way.


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